Khalil Tucker, Wrestling
Khalil Tucker, Wrestling

KHALIL TUCKER / 2019-20 Male Athlete of the Year

State champion wrestler Kahlil Tucker has been named the Rio Hondo College Male Athlete of the Year after an impressive sophomore season this past fall.

Tucker, originally out of Montclair High School, is the third consecutive wrestler to be named Male Athlete of the Year for the college. He earned All-American honors after capturing a California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state championship at the 133-pound weight class.

Tucker went 3-0 at the state tournament and erased a 6-4 deficit with 1:15 left in the championship final match to beat Houston Scibek of Modesto Junior College for the title. His performance helped lead Rio Hondo to a ninth-place team finish at the tournament, the program’s best showing since 2011.

“Kahlil did a great job this year,” said Rio Hondo wrestling head coach Mike Tellez. “He went from not even qualifying for the state championship tournament his freshmen year to being the state champion his sophomore year. He worked hard in the wrestling room to improve his weaknesses.”

Tucker was a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection and took second place at the Southern California Regional Championships. He is set to transfer in the fall to Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth on a full athletic scholarship.